We are the Sage-Steppe Habitat Response (Sage-SHARE) working group dedicated to creating products for land managers which address complex landscape scale issues. Our key partners include Oregon State University, USDA Agricultural Research Service, The Nature Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Sagebrush ecosystems in the northern Great Basin face landscape scale threats including encroaching juniper, altered fire regimes and invasive annual grasses. The sageSHARE partnership, working in collaboration with other stakeholders, developed a simplified framework to help land managers assess and monitor these threats at large scales. By mapping out different ecological states on a pasture, ranch or allotment, identifying their level of risk, and estimating how those states might change, managers can choose appropriate management actions.
This framework is currently in use on hundreds of thousands of acres of private and public land, and now sageSHARE presents peer-reviewed resources published through the Pacific Northwest Extension Catalog. The larger Manager’s guide provides the science and details behind the Threat Based Land Management framework, while the field guide is designed specifically for use in the field as a quick reference guide, and is printed on folded water-resistant paper.
Threat-Based Land Management in the Northern Great Basin: A Manager’s Guide
Threat-Based Land Management in the Northern Great Basin: A Field Guide
Listen to Chad Boyd, co-author on the Guides, Talk about Threat-Based Land Management
Online Web Based Training for Threat-Based Land Management
Threat-Based Land Management Course for Rangeland Management Using Google Earth Pro, GIS Online
Private and public land managers across the western sagebrush steppe closely observe how management impacts plant communities. Sometimes these observations are documented while other times they are not. Global Information Systems (GIS), such as Google Earth Pro (GEP) provide a powerful digital mapping platform to allow land managers to track, visualize and share inventoried and monitored data. Maps can serve as effective communication tools and GIS can allow managers to incorporate free extensive remotely sensed data that can aide land managers in rangeland management decisions, such as historic fire layers, soils data and fine fuels information.
We are launching an online course in Fall of 2021 to equip land owners and natural resource professionals with a science-based framework and skills to develop land management plans and virtual maps of lands they manage. The online course will walk learners through principles needed to create effective land management plans using a Threat-based Land Management ecological framework, as well as skills directly related to creating a virtual map of managed land within GEP.